Railroad

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.8 million railroad safety grant to the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad to upgrade 7.5 miles of rail between Michigan City and the city of LaPorte.

The project will replace the existing 90-pound track with 115-pound track to ensure the safe transportation of materials and improve the reliability and efficiency of the railroad.

The funding announced last week comes from the Department of Transportation's Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program.

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CSX and Norfolk Southern officials both declined a taped interview for this story.

The Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad will invest about $600,000 dolalrs into railroad improvements in LaPorte County from Wellsboro to LaCrosse.

 

The six hundred thousand dollars earmarked for infrastructure improvements across the approximate 28 miles of railroad come from a mix of grants from the Indiana Department of Transportation and private funds. Railroad officials say they are trying to keep up with business demands in the area.